Inside job lifts Mt. Hebron, 69-47

Waagbo, Jaschik dominate up front, foil Hammond

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 03, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron didn't waste time getting into its offense last night against visiting Hammond.

Twenty-four seconds into the game, forward Kristen Waagbo fed center Erin Jaschik for a layup. Thirty-two seconds later, an instant replay.

"We were trying to get the ball in the post a lot because we had mismatches," said Jaschik, a 6-foot senior center.

The Vikings succeeded in sending the ball underneath, and Jaschik and Waagbo, a 6-foot sophomore, responded by scoring season highs in a 69-47 league victory.

Jaschik finished with 23 points, 15 in the first half to help the fourth-ranked Vikings (8-0 overall, 4-0 league) to a 38-22 halftime lead. Eight of her nine baskets were layups.

Waagbo had 22 points, 15 in the second half. Six of her nine baskets came from under the basket.

"They hurt us," said Hammond coach Joe Russo. "We couldn't control their inside at all."

Hammond (6-2, 2-2) got six points from Melissa Workman in an 8-2 run to open the third quarter that cut Mount Hebron's lead to 42-30 with 4:41 left in the third quarter. But Waagbo scored seven points and Jaschik four in an 11-2 run that gave the Vikings a commanding 53-32 lead entering the final quarter.

"They really work well together," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson. "They're unselfish. I think the whole team is unselfish. They make the extra pass."

Mount Hebron's offense also got a lift from Thera Wolven, who contributed 11 points.

Defensively, the Vikings came into the game having allowed opponents an average of 25 points. While they gave up 17 more points against Hammond than their previous best, they kept Workman (14 points) and Tara Zammichieli (four) below their 18-point a game averages.

And though Vikings were far from perfect - they had 24 turnovers and committed 25 fouls - they were pleased with their performance against their toughest competition to date.

"I think we played well," Robinson said. "I think [Hammond] is good."

Tonight, the Vikings travel to eighth-ranked Oakland Mills, where they will face former teammate Tiffaney Randle, who left Mount Hebron just before the start of the season. Randle was a two-year varsity starter and led the Vikings in scoring last season.

"We're excited to play her," Waagbo said. "We know she'll be fired up, and so will we."

Oakland Mills (4-3, 1-2) outscored Atholton, 22-6, in the fourth quarter last night to beat the visiting Raiders, 58-46.

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